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Middle school matters: Old Court Middle School
03/21/2016

In honor of national Middle Level Education Month, this March we are taking a closer look at Baltimore County Public Schools’ wonderful middle schools. Every day during March, one or two more school profiles will be posted. To see all that have been posted, please click here.

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Principal: Kyria Joseph (quoted below)
Feeder elementary schools: Bedford, Chadwick, Church Lane, Edmondson Heights, Johnnycake, Scotts Branch, Winand, Woodbridge, and Woodholme

School website: http://oldcourtms.bcps.org/

Academic Achievements

This year, Old Court has increased Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) scores by 26% in reading and by 27% in math.

Recent Awards and Grants

Old Court received a 4-H partnership grant with University of Maryland for STEM initiatives. This grant uses a blended model. Experts in different STEM fields come to the school and teach kids in a hands-on and cross-curricular way. There is an emphasis on lessons that also improve the community around school.

Old Court was awarded the opportunity to have the first ever Middle School Health-Sciences magnet in the state for the 2016-2017 school year. This magnet program is in partnership with Randallstown High School.

The music program at Old Court scored a 1 for vocal and band adjudication.

Teachers Mr. Mack, Mr. Hughes, Mr. Carter, and Mr. Johnson were awarded a grant through the Wal-Mart community grant program to support the My Brother’s Keeper’s Program. This all-male mentoring program encourages students to become model males who contribute to society through leadership, brotherhood, constructive communication, and respect for self and others.

Special Academic Programs

Old Court has the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program in all grades. Grade 8 AVID classes include all boys classes ( Minority Male Initiative, MMI) and all girl classes ( Girls Empowerment Movement, GEMs) to implement specific instructional supports to increase academic achievement and college readiness skills.

An FBI junior cadet program is offered to the all girls’ AVID class, Girls Empowerment Movement (GEMs).

Student Leadership

Old Court hosted its first female and male school summits this year. Activities were presented on the topics of respect, career and college readiness, and a growth mindset.

Members of the Old Court Student Government Association serve as student ambassadors for new students and as peer mentors.

Leading Ladies is a mentoring program to help with girls’ self-esteem and self-empowerment. This program is led by teachers Ms. White and Ms. Rennenkampf and social worker Ms. Perlin.

Mr. Priddee leads a Males in Action group for Grade 6 boys to help them with the transition to the middle school setting.

Extracurricular Activities:

The Lyrics Club promotes positive school perception through hip-hop and poetry.

A number of unique after-school clubs are offered, including Forensics Club and Robotics Club.

Old Court also has a number of sports teams, such as tennis, track and field, badminton, basketball, and softball.

School Traditions:

Old Court started their annual “White Coat Ceremony” for students who want to go into the field of science and have excelled in the subject.

Old Court hosts quarterly honor roll dances to incentivize student achievement.

PTA Fundraisers for the school include the infamous fundraiser where Ms. Joseph gets a pie in the face if a certain amount of money is raised.

Bet you didn’t know:

That two students from Old Court went to White House astronomy night this year: Davion Ames and Tykera White.

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